Premier League - Dempsey leaves Tottenham for Seattle

Clint Dempsey will return to his native USA after Tottenham Hotspur confirmed his move to Seattle Sounders.

Premier League - Dempsey leaves Tottenham for Seattle

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Clint Dempsey scored twice for the United States

Dempsey, 30, only joined Spurs last summer after five years at Fulham and, after a slow start, became a more regular fixture in Andre Villas-Boas’s first team.

But with the North London club expected to spend big when Gareth Bale is sold to Real Madrid, Dempsey was surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.

Spurs confirmed the news in a brief statement, adding: "We wish Clint every success for the future."

After the success of the David Beckham experiment, American clubs are keen to bring players over from Europe while they are still somewhere near their prime, as opposed to at the end of their careers.

That policy has seen big names like Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill join MLS clubs, and the 30-year-old Dempsey – as one of the USA’s most successful players of all time – more than fits the bill.

It is a major coup for Seattle, whose squad boasts Dempsey’s former Fulham team-mate Eddie Johnson.

There is also a spare designated player slot at Seattle, after Shalrie Joseph's contract was restructured to allow the team sign another marquee signing in addition to Obafemi Martins and Mauro Rosales.

The US reports claim Seattle would offer Dempsey $8 million (£5.2m) for four years - giving him the highest base salary in the league's history - and allow him off-season loans to European clubs in order to keep him fresh for the US national team.

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